Thousands expected for weekend’s Peterlee Show

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THOUSANDS of people are expected to turn out for fun and frolics during this year’s Peterlee Show.

The two-day extravaganza taking place this weekend is in its 40th year and there is a host of acts, activities and attractions lined up.

To mark the milestone anniversary, a circus will descend on Peterlee and there will even be workshops for families to try out a host of tricks and skills, from noon today and 12.30pm tomorrow.

The fun starts at 10.30am with a parade from Peterlee Leisure Centre to the showfield, in Helford Road, followed by a touch rugby tournament and parachute display, as well as a visit from meerkats, spiders, snakes and other animals.

There will also be performances on the stage from professional artists, as well as the Peterlee Show’s very-own Search for a Star.

Tomorrow, there will be a football tournament from 10am-3pm, a two-mile fun run with prizes from 11am and a companion dog show at 1pm, as well as a horticultural show.

Others highlights will be Noble’s funfair, providing a host of thrilling rides for all ages, various marquees dedicated to community life, arts, crafts, hobbies and voluntary organisations, as well as a mini food festival in the Helford Road Pavilion.

Another long-running tradition at the event will be the sale of the Hartlepool Mail and the new-look Peterlee Star, inside goody bags containing other treats including a bottle of water and crisps.

For times of events, visit www.peterlee.gov.uk